West Hazleton cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
IndexWest HazletonPennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index90102100
IndexWest HazletonPennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index103103100
Groceries index99105100
Health care index9497100
Housing index5993100
Transportation index101112100
Utilities index113112100
A general summary of the cost of living index in West Hazleton, PA is shown above. Compared to the state average of Pennsylvania the cost of living index in West Hazleton, PA is 90, which is 12% lower than the average in Pennsylvania and compared to the national average it is 10% lower than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In West Hazleton, PA goods and services come in at 1% lower than the average in Pennsylvania and are 3% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in West Hazleton is 12% lower than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in West Hazleton is 10% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in West Hazleton is 41% lower than the national average.
  • Pennsylvania general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Pennsylvania state income tax is 38% higher than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$35,969$2,997$839$1,079
Renters$29,662$2,472$692$890
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in West Hazleton, PA as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for West Hazleton, PA homeowners, is $35,969. This would allow for a maximum of $839 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $29,662 which would result in a maximum of $692 to be spent on rental costs.

Pennsylvania Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Pennsylvania6%8%

Pennsylvania Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Pennsylvania3.07%3.07%
When assessing the complete cost of living in West Hazleton, PA, the Pennsylvania income tax and the Pennsylvania sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Pennsylvania maximum surtax is 8%, and the Pennsylvania sales tax is 6%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 3.07% to 3.07% in Pennsylvania.

Goods & Services

ItemWest HazletonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.80$14.5912.3%
Beauty Salon $31.83$34.688.2%
Toothpaste $2.33$2.475.8%
Shampoo $0.98$1.024.1%
Movie $9.00$9.878.8%
Bowling $4.33$4.391.4%

Groceries

ItemWest HazletonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.93$4.4810.1%
Fried Chicken $1.60$1.469.3%
Milk $2.10$2.3610.9%
Potatoes $3.08$3.060.6%
Pizza $6.99$9.2424.4%
Beer $10.94$8.6326.7%

Health Care

ItemWest HazletonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $82.60$99.7817.2%
Doctor $90.75$105.0313.6%
Dentist $85.00$88.704.2%
Ibuprofen $8.47$9.4110.0%
Lipitor $314.48$298.505.4%

Housing

ItemWest HazletonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $88,400.00$175,700.0049.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,025.12$1,081.035.2%
Apartment Rent $732.00$920.0020.4%

Transportation

ItemWest HazletonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.20$2.095.2%
Tire Balancing $40.80$45.299.9%

Utilities

ItemWest HazletonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$183.86$170.807.6%
Phone $34.18$28.2621.0%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Delano, PA38982-18%
Gilberton, PA74982-18%
Mahanoy City, PA4,12682-18%
Girardville, PA1,35682-18%
Shenandoah, PA5,00282-18%
West Hazleton, PA4,56590-10%

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Beecher, IL4,56899-1%
West Hazleton, PA4,56590-10%
Source: The West Hazleton, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.